Mary Catlin

Mary Catlin

Mary Catlin

Graduate Research Assistant

Legal decision-making, false admissions of guilt, wrongful convictions and exonerees

Mary Catlin is a doctoral student in Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University working as a research assistant for Dr. Allison Redlich in the MoDLiS Lab. Her research interests include exploring how social and cognitive factors influence victim (i.e., victims of crime and victims of the justice system itself) decision-making, with a special interest in victim recantation and exonerees. Her other interests include perceptions of Miranda waivers, Miranda decision-making, and false admissions of guilt. 

Selected Publications

Catlin, M., & Scherr, K. C. (2021). The deleterious effect of victimization on just-world beliefs. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advanced online publication.

Scherr, K. C., Normile, C. J., Luna, S., Redlich, A. D., Lawrence, M., Catlin, M. (2020). False admissions of guilt associated with wrongful convictions undermine people's perceptions of exonerees. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 26, 233-244. doi:10.1037/law0000238

Catlin, M., Scherr, K.C., Barlett, C., Jacobs, E., & Normile, C. J. (2019). Bounded blame: The effects of victim-perpetrator relationship and victimization history on judgments of sexual violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advanced online publication.

Grants and Fellowships

Presidential Scholarship, Office of the Provost, George Mason University (2020)

Doctoral Summer Scholars Program, Central Michigan University (2019)

Student Research and Creative Endeavors Grant, ORGS, Central Michigan University (2018)

Education

M.S. in Applied Experimental Psychology, Central Michigan University

B.A. in Psychology, State University of New York at Potsdam

B.A. in Music, State University of New York at Potsdam

Recent Presentations

Catlin, M., & Scherr, K. C. (2021). The Deleterious Effect of Victimization on Just-World Beliefs in Frontiers in Women’s Global Justice: Research on Sexual Violence, Memory, and Trauma. Presentation and talk given at the annual conference at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Virtual Conference, August 12-14, 2021.

Catlin, M., & Redlich, A. (2021b). Redefining “Years Lost”: The Impact of Wrongful Convictions on Lifespan. Presentation and talk given at the Innocence Network Conference, Virtual Conference, June 10, 2021.

Catlin, M., Piggott, D., Vallano, J. P., & Scherr, K. C. (2021). Schematic Intrusions: The Influence of Expectation on Mock-Jurors’ Interpretation and Understanding of Sexual Violence. Poster presented at the annual conference at the American-Psychology Law Society, Virtual Poster Session, March 20, 2021.